Experts have been using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to take closer looks at potentially Earth-like exoplanets. But in searching for traces of water vapor, they've come up dry.
Irrigation systems are essential for maintaining food production in Africa. However, compared to the developed worlds, African farmers have barely any water access. Now researchers are warning that some deprived parts of the continent are due for even more water scarcity in the wake of climate change.
India's wheat production system is becoming increasingly more vulnerable to disaster, as a warmer climate presses in on the world.
A rising temperature is traditionally bad news for farmers, and most crops are very finicky about growing conditions. However, new research has shown that a warming world is actually beneficial for one particular crop commonly used for livestock grazing.
A researcher from the University of Alaska Fairbanks is conducting what is thought to be the first live field study of wood frogs - freeze tolerant amphibians who can survive extremely low temperatures until the spring thaw.
The remarkably sensitive hearing of parasitic flies helps them find their prey even in poorly lit environments. Now researchers think this same super-hearing could one day help deaf humans hear, as its unique mechanisms have inspired the next generation of hearing aids.
It's not all about echo location. As dusk descends, bats quickly set an "internal compass" using polarized light that will help them find their way at night, according to a recent study.
Are they really in love, or is it just lust? Researchers believe they can accurately tell the difference based on eye patterns alone, raising the question "can there be love at first sight?"
Researchers seem to have found a link between strict cigarette policies and lower suicide rates in a new study.
Researchers have found that ancient peoples often stuck to obsolete ways of keeping records even long after the invention of writing, and not because they were illiterate. Some long-gone administrative officials may have simply liked to keep it "old school."
When a volcano erupts, the lava itself is not the only hazard you have to worry about. Depending on the size and type of volcano, avalanches resulting from the eruption might actually prove a more immediate danger than the eruption itself.
A massive study of spider genetics is showing that orb weavers - with their unique webs - may not have all descended from the same ancestor. Instead, orb weaving itself may just be a common and often necessary evolutionary option.
Researchers have drafted the genetic blueprint of bread wheat - an important step towards crafting improved versions of a crop that already produces nearly 700 million tons of food annually.
Researchers have determined the chemical architectures of two key pheromone components used by the brown marmorated stink bug - an insect that has invaded a significant portion of the United States and Canada. Knowing just what makes the stink bug stink, experts now hope to use these pheromones to monitor and even control populations.